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The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Flakes of Bloomington, Illinois USA on 3/6/2005
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Jaycee1972): to be read


17 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Flakes from Bloomington, Illinois USA on Sunday, March 06, 2005

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Product Description:
Barcelona, 1945—A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax’s other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that The Shadow of the Wind is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget, for the mystery of its author’s identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret. 


Journal Entry 2 by Flakes from Bloomington, Illinois USA on Saturday, June 25, 2005

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I'm making this into a bookray. PM to join!:)

mailing order:

aava FIN (INT)
Fluffy-Owl UK (INT)
KarenZero NY (US)
krin511 MD (US/CAN)
pjmom8025 MN (US) 


Journal Entry 3 by Flakes from Bloomington, Illinois USA on Tuesday, July 05, 2005

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On the way to aava...enjoy!:) 


Journal Entry 4 by aava from Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Thursday, July 14, 2005

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I came back from my holiday and the book was waiting for me. How wonderful is that. Thanks Flakes! 


Journal Entry 5 by aava from Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Wednesday, August 31, 2005

8 out of 10

It was a beautifully written book. It had all the qualities that could have made it even better than it was... but it was a slight dissappointment. The story was intriguing and the characters, well they felt a bit bookish to me(sounds funny that I could think this as a fault...) It´s a difficcult thing to say what lacked. And I really liked the book, so maybe I was just expecting a little too much. I´d like to read this again sometime.

What made the book kind of special was that I visited Barcelona just e few months ago. I love the city and it was interesting to read about its past. So thanks Flakes and I´m really, truly honestly sorry to have keep it for so long but the book is well on its way to next reader, Fluffy-Owl. I hope she will enjoy it, as did I. 


Journal Entry 6 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Friday, September 09, 2005

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Received yesterday, thank you aava! Will read it as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 7 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Monday, September 26, 2005

9 out of 10

This was absolutely excellent, and without doubt one of the best books that I have read this year. The characters were completely believable, the plot was extremely well crafted and I loved the way the different elements were all so cleverly linked together. I really could not put it down, and would only stop reading when my eyes were closing and I couldn't stay awake much longer!

Will post off to KarenZero as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 8 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 05, 2005

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Posted off to KarenZero yesterday. Hope it arrives safely. 


Journal Entry 9 by KarenZero from Brooklyn, New York USA on Saturday, October 08, 2005

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Wow, this book arrived with lightning speed! I will read ASAP.

11/15/05: Krin511 asked to be skipped, so the book will be off to Pjmom8025 shortly! Apologies for the delay, I've been swamped with bookrings and then was sick in bed last week and didn't want to touch any bookcrossing books (can books be infected? who knows, but I didn't want to find out!). This will be off to PJMom soon!

11/16: PJMom8025 also asked to be skipped (both Krin and PJMom read it already) so I think I'll be starting a new ray for this to continue the one already in progress. Stay tuned!

11/17: Poppypoptart is away until next week so I'll be giving her the book after Thanksgiving... 


Journal Entry 10 by KarenZero from Brooklyn, New York USA on Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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I am making a new bookray for this, since I appear to be the last reader on Flakes's ray!

This bookray will be continually be open, so PM to join.

The order (so far, as of 11/16):

Poppypoptart (NY, prefers US)
nancydotslash (TX, can ship anywhere)
cyber-librarian (IL, can ship to US or Can)
Karenlea (US, prefers to ship within US)
nancyluvsbooks (MS, prefers US)
PaigeTurner124 (TX, prefers US but can ship via surface)
BethieB (KY, prefers US or Can)
MysteryMish (CA, prefers US)
Maurean (FL, prefers US)
legbamel (US, can ship US or Can)
Aramena (OK, can ship anywhere)
BabyImran (Malaysia, can ship anywhere)
anthonybairdis (UK, prefers UK)
Jaycee1972 (UK, can ship anywhere via surface)
IrasCignavojo (Germany, prefers Germany or EU)

and if someone can ship intl:

nynjagrrrl (US)

Bookray Rules:

1) Please journal when you receive the book to let us know it is safe.
2) Please journal when you finish the book to let us know what you think of it.
3) PM the next reader for his or her address and then send it on its way!
4) If you are the last reader, try to keep the book moving - perhaps a new bookray? Have fun!
5) Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 11 by KarenZero from Brooklyn, New York USA on Wednesday, November 30, 2005

10 out of 10

I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was such a great mystery and was exciting and romantic. It felt very real to me and I was sad when it ended. I think this book would make a great movie, if they could somehow fit it all into a reasonable amount of time. I can picture the Aldaya mansion in my head, and the bookshop, the cemetary of forgotten books, etc. What amazing scenary it could be!
I am going to highly recommend this book. Thanks, Flakes, for sharing it with us!
It is now on the way to the next reader. 


Journal Entry 12 by poppypoptart on Thursday, December 01, 2005

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just got it! 


Journal Entry 13 by poppypoptart on Friday, January 06, 2006

10 out of 10

i loved the book! it's such a page turner - i read the last half in a day.
it's on its way to nancydotslash! 


Journal Entry 14 by rem_XNE-725303 on Friday, January 20, 2006

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Oh! This book was here in the mail when I got home last night. I am excited to read this story, it looks so good..........thank you for this bookray, KarenZero, and prior to that, Flakes. Its even more fun to read a book in turn like this! 


Journal Entry 15 by rem_XNE-725303 on Thursday, January 26, 2006

10 out of 10

This book is much more than a novel - it is the rarest form of writing these days - it is quite simply literature. It is beautifully written and perfectly paced. -it's tightly woven plot and fascinating characters had me hooked, an original and innovative tale of relationships, and obsession. Not only do you get a true feel for the scenes in the book - but the author crafts the characters in such a rare way that you feel they are people you know.. It reminded me of the nuances and prose of The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje... It leaves you with many things to consider - the ways our destinies intertwine, and the value of books. There are a couple of lines that will stick with me forever: “There are worse prisons than words'” and “A book is a mirror.'”
I seldom give out ratings of 10..............

Thank you again for this marvelous bookray! I have it ready to mail tomorrow to cyber-librarian.
 


Journal Entry 16 by cyber-librarian from Cary, North Carolina USA on Monday, February 06, 2006

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I received this in the mail on Saturday from nancydotslash in TX ... as part of this bookray.

c. 2001 -- 487 pages -- Trade Paperback -- Translated by Lucia Graves -- #67 on the BookCrossing 2004 Favorites list -- #23 on BookCrossing 2006 Favorites list -- #19 on BookCrossing 2008 Favorites list

Back Cover: Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax's books in existence. Soon Daniel's seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets -- an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. 


Journal Entry 17 by cyber-librarian from Cary, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, March 15, 2006

7 out of 10

I finished reading this today. It was an interesting read. It followed Daniel's adventurous trail in finding the lost author of a book he read. 


Journal Entry 18 by cyber-librarian at Bookray in Mailed to fellow bookcrosser, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Released 11 yrs ago (3/15/2006 UTC) at Bookray in Mailed to fellow bookcrosser, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

I'm mailing this today to karenlea in CA ... as part of the bookray.
DC#0305-0830-0003-5122-8493 


Journal Entry 19 by Karenlea from Glendale, California USA on Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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Caught!!! I have two book rings ahead of it, but I am a fast reader and I should be able to start it within a week. Thank You!!! 


Journal Entry 20 by Karenlea from Glendale, California USA on Saturday, April 01, 2006

10 out of 10

This is a fantastic book. It's very imaginative and suspenseful. The book even has moments of being unsettling and creepy. I really bought into the premise and enjoyed all of the plot lines.

I will be mailing this off either Monday or Tuesday. Thank you for sharing!!! 


Journal Entry 21 by nancyluvsbooks from St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Friday, April 14, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Received in the mail yesterday. As this was enroute to me, I found a copy that I had purchased awhile back and buried on a shelf. I forgot I had it. So I'll go ahead and forward this one on to the next person on the list to keep it moving. 


Journal Entry 22 by nancyluvsbooks from St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Thursday, April 20, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Mailed today to bethieb. 


Journal Entry 23 by wingbethiebwing from Hopkinsville, Kentucky USA on Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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This arrived today. I'm in the process of getting ready for a yard sale for the Arthritis Walk but will start this book as soon as I have time to sit down! Thanks for the bookray. This books sounds great! 


Journal Entry 24 by wingbethiebwing from Hopkinsville, Kentucky USA on Thursday, May 11, 2006

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed this novel although I felt that the author did a better job of portraying a "film noir" mood and giving flesh to the characters than developing the story. If nothing else, the character Fermin makes it worth reading. Thanks to Flakes and KarenZero for making this available.

Mailed to MysteryMish on 5/12/06. 


Journal Entry 25 by MysteryMish from Santa Monica, California USA on Tuesday, May 23, 2006

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This book has the distinction of being the first book to arrive in the mailbox at my new house! 


Journal Entry 26 by MysteryMish from Santa Monica, California USA on Wednesday, June 14, 2006

7 out of 10

I liked this book. The first two thirds were a bit slow for me, but the last third was spellbinding. I liked the way the end came together. Mailing off to Maurean this week.

edit: mailed 6/16 


Journal Entry 27 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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Oh! I have been looking forward to reading this tale. Thanks for sharing it, KarenZero. I'll start on it straight-away, and I will journal again as soon as I'm thru. 


Journal Entry 28 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Monday, June 26, 2006

9 out of 10

I completely enjoyed every page of this fantastic tale!

I originally added this one to my wishlist because I had read a wonderful passage posted here on the forums that completely drew me in regarding 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books' (c'mon! *what* book-a-holic could resist THAT place?!), and is in fact, my favorite passage in the book;

"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, everytime someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens."

When I *finally* got it in my hands (Thanks to Flakes, KarenZero, and all the fabulous BXer's before me!), it charmed me from the very first page, onward. I'll admit to a bit of aprehension after reading all of the reviews in the book, time and again comparing Zafon with Eco - who I found in 'Foulcault's Pendulum" to be a pretentious bore -but I was swept away in this story; the characters were so fascinating and the intricacies of the plot line(s) were deftly woven into a mysterious and captivating tale.
Absolutely one of the best stories I've read in a very long time.

And, I've already received Legbamel's addy, so I will send this along on my next PO run. *mailed 6/29 


Journal Entry 29 by legbamel from Fargo, North Dakota USA on Thursday, July 06, 2006

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Oooh, I can't wait! This one came in the mail accompanied by Ender's Game (another ray) which I'm going to read first as it's much shorter, but I am so looking forward to this one as well. I'll post as soon as I've got a real comment to make. :D

UPDATE: 7/10/06 - I keep catching myself reading this one with my mouth in an "O" and my eyes wide, nearly breathless with waiting to see what the next twist would bring. The story is written with such visual power that it is easy to picture the crumbling mansions and decrepit storefronts. It has been a fantastic read and I'm sad that there are only a few pages left. I'll PM for an address this afternoon and try to have it out in the mail tomorrow. Thank you so much for including me in the ring. I'm jealous that Aramena will have the opportunity to read this for the first time! 


Journal Entry 30 by legbamel at USPS in Postal Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 27, 2006

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Released 10 yrs ago (7/27/2006 UTC) at USPS in Postal Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

I am so, so, SO sorry that I have held this for so long. I'm sending it with a wish list book for you since I held on to it for weeks after getting your address. I'll send it 1st class so it doesn't take too long to get there. Hope you enjoy it! 


Journal Entry 31 by wingAramenawing from Moore, Oklahoma USA on Monday, August 07, 2006

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Arrived over the weekend. I have three other book ring books (after months of virtually none!) but they are all basically chick lit, so I'll probably start this one soon and read at the same time as one of the others! 


Journal Entry 32 by wingAramenawing from Moore, Oklahoma USA on Monday, September 11, 2006

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First my apologies for taking so long with this book, I've kept it much longer than I anticiated I would, which has nothing to do with the book itself but just with my life in general at the moment! This was a wonderful read, and nancydotslash put into words what I was feeling - this is literature! The writing just flowed from one page to the next. I finished it over the weekend and am still thinking about parts of it!

I already have BabyImran's address, so I'll be packaging the book up today and hopefully I'll have time to make a trip to the post office on my lunch hour! 


Journal Entry 33 by babyimran from Kajang, Sultanate of Selangor (Shah Alam) Malaysia on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

This book has not been rated.

It was a long journey for I completely forgot about this book. And it is well traveled - I am proud to be part of its journey.

Don't scream but I will only read this in January - after my exam. Currently in the midst of my second semester of my masters program and I seriously don't have the time to read. But it will be the first once exams finishes.

Jan. 25 - I finished my exams ages ago and complete reading John Irving's THE CIDER HOUSE RULE. I will be starting this book today.
 


Journal Entry 34 by anthonybairdis from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, March 05, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Received on Saturday. I have already started to read it and am about half way through. It is such a page turner, which I can't wait to finish. Thanks for sharing KarenZero and thanks for sending BabyImran. I will PM Jaycee1972 to get their address to keep the ray moving. 


Journal Entry 35 by anthonybairdis from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Sunday, March 18, 2007

10 out of 10

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very much a book for book lovers, as much of the plot revolves around the mystery of a book that was found by a young boy in the cemetery of forgotten books, and the author who wrote it. The plot is very much a rich tapestry, with many interweaving threads that come together right at the end to give the whole picture. The denouement is particularly heartbreaking as well. The characters are all well drawn, and quite clearly come to resemble the characters in the book in the novel.

There are many things in the book that made me stop and think, but one of the things that I found quite fascinating was that a few pages in there is a short monologue that virtually sums up the spirit of bookcrossing, almost as if this book was designed specially to be bookcrossed. Either way, I am so happy that I was part of this books history, and I have passed it on to Jaycee1972. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did. 


Journal Entry 36 by Jaycee1972 from Belper, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 04, 2007

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Received a week or two ago and forgot to journal - sorry for that. I have been a bit inundated with book rings after not having any arrive for a while! I have one to read before this one so I should get to it fairly soon. In the meantime, my husband is reading this as it was on his wish list too. I will journal his comments as well as mine. It is lovely to receive such a well travelled book!

 


Journal Entry 37 by Jaycee1972 from Belper, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 26, 2007

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PM to IrasCignavojo today. Sorry for keeping this so long. 


Journal Entry 38 by Jaycee1972 from Belper, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 15, 2007

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2nd PM sent. 


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